Purely Primates - 8 Days
FROM USD $8,389
Get up close to two of East Africa's favourite primates, the Chimpanzee and the endangered Mountain Gorilla. Combine the opportunity to see both with game driving in Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks in an 8 day East African adventure!
Days 1 - 2: Kampala
Kampala - Kibale Forest. Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be transferred to your vehicle for the start of your safari in Kibale. The beauty of Uganda soon becomes apparent with rolling green hills and incredible views being the norm in this little slice of African heaven. Afterwards you will check in and enjoy dinner before get a good night’s sleep ready for the next adventure.
Early morning chimp trek on day 2. You'll track Chimpanzees from the park headquarters, a short drive away, in Kibale Forest. With your Park Ranger as your guide, locate the Chimpanzees and then spend a fascinating hour observing their behaviour. After lunch visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a conservation project managed and operated by Community Based Organization. Overnight - Kibale Forest (B:1, L:2, D:2)
Days 3 - 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kibale Forest - Queen Elizabeth National Park. After breakfast on day 3 drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with picnic lunch. Visit African Craft Workshop en route and learn how to roll a paper bead and try your hand at basket weaving. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the lodge and in the early evening enjoy an 'Agro Tour' of local community farms.
Morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth park which is home to large populations of wildlife. Thereafter, you take a 3-hour launch trip down the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. Here, hundreds of hippos mingle with other large herbivores coming down to the water’s edge to drink
Enjoy a scenic drive along Crater Explosion Track, on the way back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight - Queen Elizabeth Park (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Purely Primates - 8 Days Go Guide
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Day 5: Queen Elizabeth NP - Ishasha
This morning pay a visit to the Katwe salt lake before having an early lunch. The afternoon is spent driving to Ishasha sector in the southern reaches of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is a more remote and less-travelled part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is the main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC
Overnight - Ishasha (B, L, D)
Days 6 - 7: Bwindi & Gorillas
Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi National Park. An early start this morning for a game drive and a late breakfast at camp. This afternoon drive to Bwindi National Park for an en route game drive. Start early on day 7 for your gorilla trek and head to the nearby park headquarters, where you receive a briefing and meet your porters for the day. Then it's off on a short drive before the start of your gorilla trek. The tracking can be strenuous because of the steep slopes and the high altitude. The hike to reach the gorillas can last anything from 1hr to 7hrs as the gorillas move around - but the chance to spend an hour in their company makes it all worthwhile. Your guide is in constant contact with the 'trackers' who spend their days following these beautiful creatures. If the trekking ends before lunchtime, there are afternoon optional activities including Guided Forest walks and Village Walks (or relaxing at the lodge with a massage).
Trekking Procedures: The mountain gorilla (Gorilla
Gorilla Berengei), of which there are still only
about 700 remaining, are one of our closest living
relatives. A visit to these gentle giants in their
natural environment is a unique and wonderful
experience - one you’ll never forget. The park
rangers monitor the gorillas on a daily basis and
have a fairly good idea of where they are. However,
they are free roaming animals, and their sighting
cannot be guaranteed. As the gorillas share much
of our DNA, anyone with even the slightest cold
or transferable illness will not be permitted to trek. Overnight - Bwindi National Park (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Day 8: Kigali
Bwindi National Park - Kigali. After breakfast, depart with a picnic lunch from the lodge to Kigali - the capital of Rwanda. Visit the Genocide memorial sites and local craft market. Transfer to the airport in time for evening flight back home. (NOT BEFORE 20.00HRS) (B, L)